I never realized how much time I spent on my feet during the day until I went back to work in an office – and started spending most of my day on another part of my anatomy.
When I worked out of my home, I was up out of the chair on a fairly regular basis. I spent some entire days standing, or in transit from meeting to meeting. But now, I spend most of my day at my desk.
Sitting all day can be a pain in the…well, you know.
It sure can bring on the aches and pains. Frankly, the last thing I need is more tension in my neck and shoulders. I already feel like I must look like a pained, female version of The Thinker.
I’m fortunate to have a desk that converts to a standing desk, and I do stand part of the day. But my neighbor stands all day, and I just can’t bring myself to inflict my haggard, aging presence on this cute, young person all day. So I stand when she is at meetings or at lunch, and sit when she’s not. It seems like the courteous thing to do.
I also stand and stretch from time to time. I’m sure my coworkers appreciate those gyrations a great deal. But it helps.
To combat bad posture, try these yoga hacks to Undo the Damage of a Desk Job from Jenn Godbout – she has tips for both those of us at “sitting desks” and those of us at “standing desks”.
Can’t hurt, can it? Let’s face it – our cube neighbors already think we’re weird. We don’t have much to lose.
Monday…Q is for Quality Footwear
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